Australia thrash Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in first T20 international as captain Aaron Finch and David Warner hit half-centuries – after the hosts lost nine wickets for just 28 runs!
- Australia sealed a dominant 10-wicket victory over Sri Lanka on Tuesday
- Put in to bat, Sri Lanka collapsed from 100-1 in the 12th over to 128 all out
- The hosts lost nine wickets for just 28 runs in a middle innings collapse
- Josh Hazlewood finished with 4-16, while Mitchell Starc bagged 3-26
Reigning Twenty20 world champions Australia sealed a dominant 10-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the first T20 international in Colombo on Tuesday after fast bowler Josh Hazlewood took four wickets and their openers comfortably chased a modest target.
Put in to bat, Sri Lanka looked to be in control when they were 100-1 in the 12th over but the hosts were bundled out for 128 as Hazlewood took three wickets in an over to finish with 4-16, while Mitchell Starc bagged 3-26.
Australia captain Aaron Finch (61 not out) and David Warner (70 not out) then struck an unbeaten opening partnership as the visitors wrapped up the match with six overs to spare after the game was twice delayed by rain.
Australia captain Aaron Finch and David Warner eased Australia to victory on Tuesday
Visitors wrapped up the match with six overs to spare after the game was twice delayed by rain
The Australian cricket board announced before the match that fast bowler Sean Abbott, who was in their T20 squad, would return home after breaking a finger in the nets.
The second T20 will be held on Wednesday followed by the third on Saturday. The teams will then play five one-day internationals and two tests.
Sri Lanka have set Australia a low target of 129 runs to win their first Twenty20 match
After a quick start, the tourists wrestled back control and took nine wickets for just 28 runs
Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood ran riot with the pair taking a collective seven wickets